Title: A State of Jane
Author: Meredith Schorr
Genre/Audience: Chick-lit, adult
Publication: Booktrope, 2012
Source: For review
Summary: Jane Frank is a 26 year old looking for love in New York City. She recently got out of a 9 year relationship with her high school sweetheart, with whom she was no longer in love. Having had only one boyfriend her whole life (and an awesome one at that), Jane is shocked and dismayed upon entering the dating scene and realizing that men can be jerks and love is hard to find. Along with her many disastrous dates, Jane is dealing with preparations for the LSAT and law school, all of which is causing Jane to neglect her family and friends a bit, and turning her into someone she isn’t. Jane just wants to find love and happiness without sacrificing who she is and what she stands for, but the journey there is tough, she soon discovers!
My Thoughts: Wow! I really loved this book! After reading and thoroughly enjoying Schorr’s first novel, Just Friends With Benefits, I was very anxious to read her latest and was not disappointed at all. In fact, I may have even liked this novel better than the first, though both were completely awesome. Let’s start with Jane. Jane was pretty much desperate to fall in love to the point where she was becoming self-centered and seriously pissing off her friends. While I was irritated by her behavior, I was glad to see a flawed character who wasn’t perfect all the time, and whose life wasn’t perfect either. She was a very realistic and relatable character, which I really appreciated. I also appreciated that she wasn’t a size 2, either! I think all women can relate to Jane, an imperfect woman, looking for love and happiness. In addition to Jane, I also loved the setting – New York City – one of my favorite places in the world, and I could totally envision Jane’s apartment and environment. I loved escaping into Jane’s world for a bit, and experiencing her ups and downs in her search for love and self. I loved the humor and lightness of the story, and would gladly escape into Jane’s world again! If you’re a fan of chick-lit, imperfect heroines, and just darn good stories, I highly recommend you read A State of Jane. Meredith Schorr has definitely become an auto-read author for me and I anxiously await her next novel!
My Rating: 5/5